Summer Half

Summer Half The denouement of Philip Winters ill begotten engagement to featherbrained Rose Birkett is enacted in full view of Southbridge School s extended family during a holiday break Everyone including her p

  • Title: Summer Half
  • Author: Angela Thirkell
  • ISBN: 9781559213110
  • Page: 283
  • Format: Paperback
  • The denouement of Philip Winters ill begotten engagement to featherbrained Rose Birkett is enacted in full view of Southbridge School s extended family during a holiday break Everyone, including her parents, is rooting for Philip s escape which occurs when Rose breaks it off as the utter dullness of being engaged overwhelms her Along the way, we enjoy the tea party whereThe denouement of Philip Winters ill begotten engagement to featherbrained Rose Birkett is enacted in full view of Southbridge School s extended family during a holiday break Everyone, including her parents, is rooting for Philip s escape which occurs when Rose breaks it off as the utter dullness of being engaged overwhelms her Along the way, we enjoy the tea party where Rose, through sheer want of personality bring s the talk to her own level and confounds her audience by insisting that Hamlet and Shakespeare are both names of plays and probably the same one As in many of Thirkell books, the characters refer to a body of literature, both classic and modern, with a casualness that would be improbable today the assumption of a shared background and culture having been lost The ceremony of the Cleaning of the Pond by Lydia, Eric Swan, and a much improved Tony Morland brings the holiday to a satisfactory conclusion as does a match between Kate Keith and Everard Carter.

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    About "Angela Thirkell"

    1. Angela Thirkell

      Angela Margaret Mackail was born on January 30, 1890 at 27 Young Street, Kensington Square, London Her grandfather was Sir Edward Burne Jones the pre Raphaelite painter and partner in the design firm of Morris and Company for whom he designed many stained glass windows seven of which are in St Margaret s Church in Rottingdean, West Sussex Her grandmother was Georgiana Macdonald, one of a precocious family which included among others, Stanley Baldwin, the Prime Minister, and Rudyard Kipling Angela s brother, Denis Mackail, was also a prolific and successful novelist Angela s mother, Margaret Burne Jones, married John Mackail an administrator at the Ministry of Education and Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.Angela married James Campbell McInnes in 1911 James was a professional Baritone and performed at concert halls throughout the UK In 1912 their first son Graham was born and in 1914 a second son, Colin A daughter was born in 1917 at the same time her marriage was breaking up In November 1917 a divorce was granted and Angela and the children went to live with her parents in Pembroke Gardens in London The child, Mary, died the next year.Angela then met and married George Lancelot Thirkell in 1918 and in 1920 they traveled on a troop ship to George s hometown in Australia Their adventures on the Friedricksruh are recounted in her Trooper to the Southern Cross published in 1934 In 1921, in Melbourne Australia, her youngest son Lancelot George was born Angela left Australia in 1929 with 8 year old Lance and never returned Although living with her parents in London she badly needed to earn a living so she set forth on the difficult road of the professional writer Her first book, Three Houses, a memoir of her happy childhood was published in 1931 and was an immediate success The first of her novels set in Trollope s mythical county of Barsetshire was Demon in the House, followed by 28 others, one each year.Angela also wrote a book of children s stories entitled The Grateful Sparrow using Ludwig Richter s illustrations a biography of Harriette Wilson, The Fortunes of Harriette an historical novel, Coronation Summer, an account of the events in London during Queen Victoria s Coronation in 1838 and three semi autobiographical novels, Ankle Deep and Oh, These Men, These Men and Trooper to the Southern Cross When Angela died on the 29th of January 1961 she left unfinished the last of her books, Three Score and Ten which was completed by her friend, Caroline LeJeune Angela is buried in Rottingdean alongside her daughter Mary and her Burne Jones grandparents.

    673 thoughts on “Summer Half”

    1. Written at a time when the adventures of Bulldog Drummond, (/book/show/1), were widely and avidly read, enjoyed and re-enacted with an ear open for the approach of Matron (p.80)) this is a witty, entertaining, situational country tale of the British upper-middle classes between the wars. Despite possessing a “neck like a prep-school boy”, i.e. less than fifteen inches, Colin Keith, the eighth of eight men interviewed is appointed to the vacancy of Junior Classical Master at Southbridge (Prep [...]


    2. Three and half stars. Full review bagfullofbooks/2016/07/25Summer Half’ by Angela Thirkell was my second foray into the Thirkell novels set in the fictional, rural English province of Barsetshire (derivatised from Anthony Trollope’s Barsetshire of the Barchester Chronicles series).I feel that one must be prepared mentally before embarking upon a Thirkell novel. While she lacks the sharp wit of Barbara Pym, the superior plot of Stella Gibbons, the excellent writing of Nancy Mitford, there is [...]


    3. Every time I go to my book guru's little book shop in town (located deliciously and somewhat dangerously nearby) I stumble upon something unexpected. Yesterday I went in to see about a lovely old first edition of Heinrich Harrer's Seven Years In Tibet she foundfor me(try not to notice the bragging) when I discovered that after all this time, she did have some Angela Thirkell! I was gobsmacked. I wish you all had a book guru. Better than Cheers, her establishment even has two cats to greet you, o [...]


    4. I'm quite enchanted. What a pleasure to immerse oneself in Angela Thirkell's 30s world of ordinary but endearing and amusing people. I particularly loved the subtleness of Kate and Carter's romance: He is introduced to her, and "[he] thought he saw his journey's end". What a lovely and perfect description of the beginning of true love at the first meeting - Kate not being a flashy beauty, so the feeling is certainly not lust-based. I admired how well they all know their classical literature and [...]


    5. Colin Keith thinks it's high time he start earning his keep. It will be ages before he can practice law and though his dad is a generous man, Colin feels he ought to do more to support himself. He takes a job at a boys' school for the spring term until he can take up the study of law with his father's new friend, Mr. Merton. Colin's sister Kate also has plans for her future and his little sister Lydia just wants to read and discuss literature. The boys are sometimes tough to deal with but even h [...]


    6. Angela Thirkell wrote over a dozen novels set in the English countryside between the wars. Almost all are reliably silly and very light. The characters have grand houses and domestic staff, only a few of them work for a living, and if a man and a woman happen to kiss, they marry soon after. Light as they are, her books also include intelligent, sensitive observations of human behavior and references to literary classics and world history. The language is elegant, and the stories are tasteful and [...]


    7. Love Angela Thirkell!What a lovely story with a happy ending.Tony Morland makes another appearance .He is such a wonderful boyish character.She has an eye for detail which is told with wit and charm.If I ever need cheering up one of her books are the ones I turn to.Highly recommended.A bygone era of class and servants beautifully written.



    8. I'm glad this was not the first Thirkell I read because I would probably not have wanted to read any more. The longer I spent with it the more tedious it became.Written and set in 1930s England, Summer Half revolves around a young man, Colin Keith, who takes a job as a schoolmaster at Mr Birkett's boy's boarding school because he feels bad about being dependent on his parents whilst trying to get into the Law. The novel follows the one term he spends at the school before reverting to his legal t [...]


    9. I am so glad I have come to Angela Thirkell's party albeit a few decades late. This was a surprisingly absorbing & compelling book - I thought it would be a bit of fluff and although it could be perceived as such, it is so much more. It would be very easy to take it seriously and therefore find it puzzlingly quaint and even dull but once you get the joke, it's hilarious. There isn't a huge amount of plot but instead you are taken into the narrator's confidence and let in on all the local gos [...]


    10. One of the earliest books in Thirkell's Barsetshire series. Summer Half was published in 1938, and the action takes place with practically no attention international affairs. There is enough going on in Barsetshire. Or it seems that way. As usual, the novel immerses us in a series of routine social events -- dinner parties; afternoon teas; tennis and croquet and punting on the river. The real attraction is the characters, and this installment features some of the best. Rose Birkett, gorgeous and [...]


    11. This may be the funniest of the Angela Thirkell books that I've read so far. I loved the characters and the mix of school and family. So much has changed about schools and teaching since this was written, but it's still so easy to identify with.



    12. I have now read everything by Angela Thirkell in the "Barsetshire series" that I can find on Kindle.David Byrne and Jerry Harrison wrote this: "Heaven is a place where nothing ever happens."That's why I enjoy these novels. They are set in Heaven. My mother used them to fight off night fears for many years, and I applaud her choice. They are all about how rich ladies managed their households, children and servants, something like "Downton Abbey" but always from the rich woman's point of view. And [...]


    13. I read almost all of Thirkell's novels in order a few years ago, and this is the first one I've reread. I was really struck by how different it (and the other novels from before WW2) are from her later work. The societal changes that led to Thirkell staking out her territory as an ultra-conservative hadn't happened yet, so the characters are treated with a light hand; everyone has foibles and the narrator punctures everyone's self-importance, from the masters at the public school who pretend to [...]


    14. This one is enjoyable primarily because it gives more background to characters that continue to appear in later books. It is centered primarily around the Keith family and the Birkett family. Since Mr. birkett is headmaster of Southbridge School, the school is fairly central as well. The trials of the young teachers and the shenanigans of the three boys that appear most often, are quite humorous. One of the boys is Tony Morland, who was the main character, with his mother, in High Rising and Dem [...]


    15. I'm a fan of Thirkell anyway, but this one was a lovely English summer read (even though the temperature hear in the Cotswolds dropped to autumn while I was reading. Great characters, great setting, and a charming story. I think August Folly is next. I also took the time to read the author biography and discovered that Thirkell is the granddaughter of one of my favorite artists, Edward Burne-Jones. Her father was a friend and biographer of William Morris and her brother was also a novelist. Soun [...]


    16. This is my least liked of the Thirkell novels I've read so far. It's set largely in a boy's school, which is less congenial than the family settings of the others, and the characters are less rounded. Colin and Rose are particularly one-dimensional, and young Tony Morland is a lot less obnoxious than he was in High Rising. I liked Lydia though, and as ever there are some entertaining moments the GR book summary is full of spoilers! I know Thirkell's plots are predictable, but still


    17. All through the 80's my mother, katherine Morris and I shared a love of Mrs. Thirkell. Eventually I will post all the books I have read, but I thought I would start with the ones I loved best. And I have a handwritten list of the books, a line or two about the plot and an outline of the multitude of characters who appear and reappear in these novels. Summer Half features the Keith family and the masters (teachers) at Southbridge School. Lydia is a gangly teenager, happy to get really dirty with [...]


    18. I only noticed the author's foreword after I had finished reading the book, but I thought it captured exactly how I felt about the story. These are her words: "It seems to me extremely improbable that any such school, masters, or boys could ever have existed." I would probably go further and say it seems improbable that any set of real life problems could ever be resolved quite so successfully. Continued


    19. ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE HACHETTE AUDIO VERSION READ BY PENELOPE FREEMAN!What a terrific story: Thirkell has captured the idiosyncrasies of a variety of people, classes, ages, and professions, and created a story that enchants and entertains. Penelope Freeman, the reader, does a fantastic job bringing it all to life. What a great way to entertain myself through January in Maine and the end of my semester! Anglophile escapism at its finest.


    20. 4.5 Stars.This was one of my favourite Thirkell novels yet! This one was so funny, and I think Summer Half really shows off Thirkell's witty sense of humour at its best. I also really enjoyed all the characters in this one, they were really well done and the storyline was brilliant too! Would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Thirkell's novels and hasn't picked this up yet!


    21. God, Thirkell makes me laugh out loud.Mrs. Birkett looked kindly at him, thinking, as she sometimes did, what fun it would have been to have a son, and how one could guide and help him; a sentiment of whose underlying fallacy she was quite unconscious.It starts out sounding all sweetly Edwardian and then she just slips the knife in as smooth as can be.


    22. I loved this book and was laughing through most of it. Set in a boy's school we are treated to a wonder through mid 20th century school life. The characters are enduring and the scenes and dialogue lovely. I am new to Angela's books so I have a lot of entertainment ahead of me


    23. Not as funny as Wodehouse but still a lot of fun. I'm so grateful my friend introduced me to the prospector system our library uses. My book world has really opened up! I am glad to have access now to more books written 50+ years ago because they are delightful!


    24. Wonderful, like a warm summer day spent gliding down the river, crumpets and jam with tea at hand. Morland and Swan are hilarious.




    25. Entertaining book on a term teaching at a public school,Rose the heads daughter, is so over the top as a selfish teenager to be hilarious, and reeks havoc wherever she goes.


    26. Witty and intelligent to borrow from a other review. British quiet humor great characters set in a boys boarding school and a country house.


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